Where: E3 art space, Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
When: Saturday 3 March, 6pm – 8pm
Free event – all welcome!
About Semi-wild Australia
Several years of wildlife photography around Wagga Wagga, by local artist Josh Bett has resulted in a body of work titled Semi-Wild Australia, now on display in the E3 art space at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. This fascinating exhibition is a colourful celebration of life, its beauty, instinctive resilience, and its ability to adapt, reproduce and evolve.
Collectively Semi-Wild Australia displays a juxtaposition of native and introduced species of flora and fauna. It encapsulates the rapid transformation of habitats since the European settlement, and how wildlife has had no choice but to adapt.
Josh Bett is influenced by the African wildlife photography of Nick Brandt, and shares the same approach to capturing intimate wildlife portraits. Bett prefers to limit himself to the use of one telephoto zoom lens – instead of acquiring equipment that will bring his subjects closer, Bett prefers to work on techniques to get himself closer to his subject. This sometimes involves countless hours of repetition; re-visiting locations to gain the trust of the subject, capture the best light and the decisive moment. The amount of time it requires is why he chooses to photograph subjects as close to his home as possible.
Bett’s style is made unique in the wildlife photography genre, by the use of a full-frame camera, opting to include more of the environment surrounding his subject. In the complexity of the natural world he looks for negative space, in order to place emphasis on the subject, which is best seen in his silhouettes. For portraits direct eye contact is necessary to create a connection between the subject and himself, a connection that is passed on to the viewer.
Josh Bett hopes that Semi-Wild Australia will encourage more thoughtfully composed images in a digital era of bulk imagery. But more importantly to remind and demonstrate to his audience, the importance of wildlife conservation and regenerating the land with vegetation that is indigenous to the area. This creates nature corridors that evolve into semi-wild habitats, a habitat closer to what once was just wild.
All artworks will be available to purchase in editions of 1 to 10 giclée prints, with scaling prices as follows:
Larger 600x841mm giclée prints will be offered in an Edition 1 to 5
All artworks will be hand signed on the back and come with a Certificate of Authenticity and artist statement.
4×6 Artist proofs also available at $20 each & gift cards are also available from the gift store for $6 each.
All artworks printed locally by a master fine art printer with quality archival standard products and practices to ensure maximise quality and longevity.
All artworks are giclée prints on: 310gsm Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl Lustre paper.
GALERIE Prestige Smooth Pearl paper is a lightly textured semi-gloss, most commonly known as lustre. It features the very latest HDR (High Dynamic Range) optically clear coating and coupled with recent advancements in inkjet receiving layer design, makes this the reference media for producing images with superb clarity, high sharpness and excellent colour gamut.
All artworks are printed with an Epson SureColor Pro 9070. A Large Format Printer specifically designed for premium photography and fine art.
Epson ink is one of the professional inkjet printing industry’s most recognisable names. Renowned for its superior colour gamut, lightfastness and water-resistance that delivers prints of outstanding durability and quality